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Sun's Parting Ray (Family Sagas | Historical Fiction | Sunset's Hope Book 1)

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In the tradition of family sagas like the Thorn Birds, Roots, and the Shell Seekers comes the story of a Civil War widow who has to pick up the pieces and keep her family together after the sudden tragic loss of her husband. Just follow your heart, and everything will turn out the way it is supposed to… This is the way Jane Addison has always lived her life, In the tradition of family sagas like the Thorn Birds, Roots, and the Shell Seekers comes the story of a Civil War widow who has to pick up the pieces and keep her family together after the sudden tragic loss of her husband. Just follow your heart, and everything will turn out the way it is supposed to… This is the way Jane Addison has always lived her life, but it doesn’t seem like anything ever turns out according to what her heart truly desires. This is especially true when her husband is gunned down by Confederate soldiers on their eighth wedding anniversary. Then, when she meets and falls in love with her late husband’s married best friend, things really get confusing for the young widow. Will she and Cole follow their hearts and give up their homes, their lives, and everything they believe in? Or will they deny their feelings to protect their families? Which will they choose at the SUN’S PARTING RAY? ~And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.~ (Mark 3:25) This, the first book in the family saga SUNSET'S HOPE from Amazon bestselling author Mishael Austin Witty introduces us to Jane and her family and covers her first few years as a widow. It's a story of love and loss, of hope and horror, all set within the backdrop of one of the most tumultuous periods in Kentucky history. Here's what readers are saying about SUN'S PARTING RAY: 4 out of 5 stars "Sun’s Parting Ray is a novel of faith, hope and forgiveness that doesn’t skirt tough issues, whether personal or national. Characters grow and change convincingly; and there’s truly a wealth of characters living within these pages. The story has a pleasing feel of reality, as does the faith, and I just wished it had come to a more definite conclusion." - Sheila Deeth, Amazon Vine Voice 4 out of 5 stars "Sun's Parting Ray ... is a great book. ... A promised page turner." - M. Ball 5 out of 5 stars "From the very first page, I was drawn into the grief-stricken world of Jane Addison, a loving mother, a devoted wife and a lonely widow searching for answers. ...  The descriptions of Kentucky and the Confederate threat add depth to the setting, while the moral dilemma of its characters fill the story with emotional conflict. This gifted author tells a unique story of bitter heartache, loss and forbidden love. You will not be disappointed by the Sun’s Parting Ray. It is excellent!" - Wilhelmina Stolen, author of the Way of Hearts Saga If you love family sagas, you're going to love Sun's Parting Ray!


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In the tradition of family sagas like the Thorn Birds, Roots, and the Shell Seekers comes the story of a Civil War widow who has to pick up the pieces and keep her family together after the sudden tragic loss of her husband. Just follow your heart, and everything will turn out the way it is supposed to… This is the way Jane Addison has always lived her life, In the tradition of family sagas like the Thorn Birds, Roots, and the Shell Seekers comes the story of a Civil War widow who has to pick up the pieces and keep her family together after the sudden tragic loss of her husband. Just follow your heart, and everything will turn out the way it is supposed to… This is the way Jane Addison has always lived her life, but it doesn’t seem like anything ever turns out according to what her heart truly desires. This is especially true when her husband is gunned down by Confederate soldiers on their eighth wedding anniversary. Then, when she meets and falls in love with her late husband’s married best friend, things really get confusing for the young widow. Will she and Cole follow their hearts and give up their homes, their lives, and everything they believe in? Or will they deny their feelings to protect their families? Which will they choose at the SUN’S PARTING RAY? ~And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.~ (Mark 3:25) This, the first book in the family saga SUNSET'S HOPE from Amazon bestselling author Mishael Austin Witty introduces us to Jane and her family and covers her first few years as a widow. It's a story of love and loss, of hope and horror, all set within the backdrop of one of the most tumultuous periods in Kentucky history. Here's what readers are saying about SUN'S PARTING RAY: 4 out of 5 stars "Sun’s Parting Ray is a novel of faith, hope and forgiveness that doesn’t skirt tough issues, whether personal or national. Characters grow and change convincingly; and there’s truly a wealth of characters living within these pages. The story has a pleasing feel of reality, as does the faith, and I just wished it had come to a more definite conclusion." - Sheila Deeth, Amazon Vine Voice 4 out of 5 stars "Sun's Parting Ray ... is a great book. ... A promised page turner." - M. Ball 5 out of 5 stars "From the very first page, I was drawn into the grief-stricken world of Jane Addison, a loving mother, a devoted wife and a lonely widow searching for answers. ...  The descriptions of Kentucky and the Confederate threat add depth to the setting, while the moral dilemma of its characters fill the story with emotional conflict. This gifted author tells a unique story of bitter heartache, loss and forbidden love. You will not be disappointed by the Sun’s Parting Ray. It is excellent!" - Wilhelmina Stolen, author of the Way of Hearts Saga If you love family sagas, you're going to love Sun's Parting Ray!

41 review for Sun's Parting Ray (Family Sagas | Historical Fiction | Sunset's Hope Book 1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    WS WS

    There is so much to this book, it is hard to sum up in a single review. From the very first page, I was drawn into the grief-stricken world of Jane Addison, a loving mother, a devoted wife and a lonely widow searching for answers. With the loss of her husband and home, Jane is forced to rely on her religious father for support and protection. Davis Cooper is a man of religion, and knows nothing of the true love of God. Jane isn't perfect and her father never lets her forget it. Davis often reminds There is so much to this book, it is hard to sum up in a single review. From the very first page, I was drawn into the grief-stricken world of Jane Addison, a loving mother, a devoted wife and a lonely widow searching for answers. With the loss of her husband and home, Jane is forced to rely on her religious father for support and protection. Davis Cooper is a man of religion, and knows nothing of the true love of God. Jane isn't perfect and her father never lets her forget it. Davis often reminds her of the sin that lead her into a marriage he didn't approve of with a man he hated. It is clear to see why Jane feels alone and unloved after the death of her husband. So when Cole Mays, a friend of her husband’s shows up on her doorstep, Jane’s heart reaches out for comfort. Cole is a married man, but is drawn in by Jane's affection for him. Events in the story make Cole see his relationship with Jane through the eyes of God. The descriptions of Kentucky and the Confederate threat add depth to the setting, while the moral dilemma of its characters fill the story with emotional conflict. This gifted author tells a unique story of bitter heartache, loss and forbidden love. You will not be disappointed by the Sun’s Parting Ray. It is excellent!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    Against a background of Civil (uncivil) war, a young mother loses her husband and finds herself back in the family home she fled so eagerly for marriage. It’s an unforgiving home, ruled by a father well-versed in faith and law. But it’s a kind enough place for the slaves who Jane naively views as part of her family, until fate proves her naivety ill-founded. It’s 1862, and the world is changing. Faithful to her own sense of justice and kindness, Jane is dismayed to find herself falling for a marr Against a background of Civil (uncivil) war, a young mother loses her husband and finds herself back in the family home she fled so eagerly for marriage. It’s an unforgiving home, ruled by a father well-versed in faith and law. But it’s a kind enough place for the slaves who Jane naively views as part of her family, until fate proves her naivety ill-founded. It’s 1862, and the world is changing. Faithful to her own sense of justice and kindness, Jane is dismayed to find herself falling for a married man. But he’s unhappily married, and she agonizes over that narrow line between love and law. Sun’s Parting Ray is a novel of faith, hope and forgiveness, that doesn’t skirt tough issues, whether personal or national. Characters grow and change convincingly; and there’s truly a wealth of characters living within these pages. The story has a pleasing feel of reality, as does the faith, and I just wished it had come to a more definite conclusion. Good people mess up. Cruel people show generosity. And war, perhaps, brings out the worst in all. Disclosure: I was lucky enough to find a free ecopy and I offer my honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ball

    Sun's Parting Ray by Mishael Witty is a great book. The depth of the characters add to keep you turning the pages. Jane is faced with a love lost and a hard father who knows religion without mercy. Add the friendship of Cole, who is married, but Jane wishes otherwise. A promised page turner.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marielle

    Nothing like reading about unrequited love... Ugh Kinda depressing actually...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Butterfly

    i love it

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